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  • 2022 Skoda Karoq price and specs
    26 May 2022

    The facelifted Skoda Karoq range will reach showrooms in July with more features than before – but lane-keep assist and blind-spot monitoring are optional, or currently unavailable altogether.

    • 2022 Skoda Karoq pricing and specifications
    • Style and Sportline grades add over $4000 of extra features
    • Lane-keep assist optional, blind-spot monitoring unavailable
    • Priced from $42,990 drive-away, up $3000

    The facelifted 2022 Skoda Karoq medium SUV is due in Australian showrooms in July, with more technology and comfort than before – but key advanced safety features remain part of costly option packs.

    Due in Skoda showrooms in July, the updated Skoda Karoq ushers in a revised look, new technology, and increased levels of standard features – but price rises of $3000 across both models.

    Despite the price increase, buyers are still required to pay at least $3500 more for certain advanced safety systems including lane-keep assist and rear cross-traffic alert – even though the former forms part of ANCAP’s safety test criteria for a five-star rating.

    Blind-spot monitoring will not be available on any Model Year 2022 Karoq model – due to the semiconductor shortage – though it is “expected” to return for Model Year 2023 production, which will begin later this year.

    When ANCAP safety testing was conducted in 2017, the Skoda Karoq received zero out of three points for its lane-keep assist system – however the system was never officially tested as it was “not standard equipment” (as with the larger Kodiaq).

    The vehicle received a five-star safety rating nonetheless, off the back of strong performance in other categories, and a “good” autonomous emergency braking system, which is a standard feature. However this five-star rating is due to expire at the end of 2023.

    Skoda Australia counters the $3000 price rise with $4300 worth of extra features for the Style, including 18-inch wheels (up from 17s), LED headlights, front parking sensors (in addition to rear), hands-free tech for the power tailgate, and wireless phone charging.

    Other newly-standard features on the Style include power-folding and heated side mirrors, scrolling rear indicators, a rear spoiler, extended
    pedestrian protection for the autonomous emergency braking system, drive modes, digital radio, front and rear map reading lights, and luggage nets.

    Meanwhile, the Sportline gets $4100 worth of new features, including matrix LED headlights including adaptive high beam, plus the front sensors, hands-free tailgate, digital radio, wireless charging, upgraded AEB, scrolling indicators, luggage nets and rear spoiler seen on the Style.

    Full specification lists for both models – and the array of option packages available – are included at the bottom of this story.

    Powering the entry-level Karoq Style is a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, sending 110kW and 250Nm to the front wheels through an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission. Combined fuel use is claimed at 6.6 litres per 100 kilometres.

    Meanwhile, the Sportline upgrades to a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder with 140kW and 320Nm, connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The 0-100km/h time is 7.3 seconds, while claimed combined fuel use is 6.9L/100km.

    Buyers can purchase one of a selection of service packs, including a seven-year package for $2400, which includes the first three services free, and seven years of roadside assistance. Monthly subscription plans are also available.

    The 2022 Skoda Karoq range is expected to arrive in showrooms in July.

    2022 Skoda Karoq Australian pricing
    • Karoq Style – $42,990 (up $3000)
    • Karoq Sportline – $49,990 (up $3000)

    Note: All prices below exclude on-road costs.

    2022 Skoda Karoq Style standard features:
    • 18-inch ‘Miran’ black alloy wheels
    • Automatic LED headlights and LED tail-lights (with dynamic rear indicators)
    • Front fog lights
    • 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster
    • 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless Android Auto, reversing camera and digital radio
    • Eight-speaker sound system
    • Wireless phone charging
    • USB Type-C ports
    • Dual-zone automatic climate control
    • Keyless entry and start
    • Power-folding heated side mirrors
    • Hands-free power tailgate
    • Leather sports steering wheel
    • Fabric upholstery
    • Height-adjustable front seats
    • VarioFlex rear seats
    • Silver roof rails
    • Puddle light projection with Skoda logos
    • Rain-sensing wipers
    • Privacy glass
    • Front and rear reading and footwell lighting
    • Luggage nets
    • Autonomous emergency braking with expanded pedestrian protection
    • Front and rear parking sensors
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Driver fatigue detection
    • Tyre pressure monitoring
    • Multi-collision braking
    • Seven airbags
    2022 Skoda Karoq Sportline adds (over Style):
    • Sports seats with silver stitching
    • 19-inch ‘Sagitarius’ alloy wheels
    • Paddle shifters
    • Matrix LED headlights with adaptive high beam
    • Cornering function for fog lights
    • Black grille, mirrors, roof rails, window frames and rear diffuser
    • Black interior headlining
    • Piano black dashboard trim
    • Carbon fibre-look door trim
    • Stainless steel pedals
    The optional Tech Pack, available on Style ($5900) and Sportline ($3500), adds:
    • 9.2-inch touchscreen with navigation and gesture control (Style only)
    • Matrix LED headlights (Style only, as already standard on Sportline)
    • Adaptive dampers (Sportline only)
    • Automatic parking
    • Traffic jam assist
    • Lane-keep assist
    • 360-degree camera
    • Rear cross-traffic alert
    • Emergency assist
    • Ambient interior lighting (Style only)
    The optional Premium Pack, available on Style ($10,900) and Sportline ($5900), adds:
    • 9.2-inch touchscreen with navigation and gesture control (both models)
    • Matrix LED headlights (Style only, as already standard on Sportline)
    • Adaptive dampers (Sportline only)
    • Automatic parking
    • Traffic jam assist
    • Lane-keep assist
    • 360-degree camera
    • Rear cross-traffic alert
    • Emergency assist
    • Ambient interior lighting (Style only)
    • Leather-accented upholstery (Style only)
    • Front and rear outboard heated seats
    • Heat-insulated windscreen
    • Heated steering wheel
    • DSG shift paddles (Style only, as already standard on Sportline)
    • Headlight washers
    The optional Travel Pack, available on Sportline ($2600), adds:
    • 9.2-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation
    • Front and rear heated outboard seats
    • Heat-insulated windscreen
    • Headlight washers
    • Heated steering wheel

    A panoramic sunroof costs $1900 extra across the range, while side steps are $1200.

    The post 2022 Skoda Karoq price and specs appeared first on Drive.

  • Racing lines: The Formula 1 charity you probably haven't heard of
    26 May 2022
    We look at how a charitable initiative shows the best of grand prix racing

    Formula 1 is a brutally competitive, cut-throat world that on a surface level revels in its gauche glamour and multi-million-dollar vulgarities.

    But for all the fake marinas and misfiring celebrity grid walks, it’s underpinned by a surprisingly strong community spirit. F1 people strive to look after their own, as displayed by the Grand Prix Trust, a long-established charity that works hard behind the scenes to help those who have fallen on hard times.

    “It’s easy to think ‘F1 is awash with money, how can anybody be short?’” said chairman Martin Brundle at the recent Grand Prix Trust lunch held at Silverstone, usually annually but because of Covid for the first time in three years. “But, of course, F1 is 72 years old and more than 150 teams have gone out of business or changed name in that time. There were no pension funds in the past, no healthcare policies, no human resource departments. As people get older, there’s a great deal of need for what we do.”

    It was impossible not to be moved as old friends and colleagues met once more after so much time apart, with big smiles, warm handshakes and hugs. More than 200 Trust members took the chance to be reunited as a cast of past F1 heroes turned out too in solidarity with the people who used to make them look good. Forget the fake plastic sheen of the Miami GP: this was the real face of F1, a sport founded on heart-warming comradeship and all-for-one hard graft.

    More than money

    The Grand Prix Mechanics’ Trust was created by Sir Jackie Stewart 35 years ago as a means of acknowledging in a direct way the vital contribution of those on whom racing drivers rely so heavily. Now under the leadership of Brundle, the brief has been widened to include all who have worked and continue to work in F1, hence the tweak to the name.

    Spearheaded by client co-ordinator Sally Oliver and Arlene Bansal, the Trust offers financial support from apparently healthy coffers that have been enhanced by canny investments over the years (Stewart’s obvious influence). But its functions stretch far beyond monetary aid.

    “One of the important things we do is social interaction, like we’re doing today,” said Brundle. “We have regional meetings with up to 50 people coming to those, and our Zoom meetings that were put on during the pandemic were a lifeline.

    “We have well over 2000 members now and we want to help more people. We need to do much more. I feel we’re just scratching the surface, and it’s events like this that help spread the gospel.”

    Famous faces

    To those familiar with the inner workings of F1, the room at Silverstone was packed with some of the greatest (largely unheralded) contributors to grand prix history.

    At 97, BRM mechanic Dick Salmon looked in fine fettle, as did photographer and reporter Michael Tee, who witnessed the very first (pre-World Championship) Silverstone British Grand Prix, held in October 1948. It was great to see Jim Clarkera Lotus mechanics Bob Dance and Dave ‘Beaky’ Sims mingling among friends, while drivers for once played a support role: Damon Hill, Mark Webber, Jonathan Palmer, Julian Bailey, Mark Blundell, David Brabham and his brother-in-law Mike Thackwell, once the youngest driver to start a grand prix and rarely seen at motorsport events these days.

    Howden Ganley, one of the few F1 drivers to have started out first as a mechanic, covered both bases while celebrated nonqualifier Perry McCarthy turned in a great stand-up routine to make us chuckle between courses.

    But as Brundle was keen to point out, the Trust isn’t just about the past.

    “We help the F1 industry of yesterday and of today, and now we want to be part of tomorrow,” he said. “Something we’re looking at now is a new initiative with the help of [F1’s chief technical officer] Pat Symonds with some scholarships, apprenticeships and bursaries. That will close the circle of what we do.”

    The Trust remains a little under the radar, largely because of the sensitive nature of its work to help those who have fallen on hard times. Raising further funds, while always helpful, isn’t necessarily its primary target right now. A higher priority is awareness that it’s there for those who need it.

    Brundle admitted that even during the pandemic, members remained reluctant to ask for help. But there’s no shame in charitable aid, even for the proud men and women who are the backbone of a sport that even now exists in a harsh real world beyond the extravagance of its privileged image. Hard times can befall us all.

    Vettel’s star turn

    There’s no other F1 driver like Sebastian Vettel, and it’s probably fair to say there never has been. That much was proven by the four-time champion’s remarkably assured appearance on the BBC’s political debate show, Question Time.

    Vettel is German, yet he was somehow entirely comfortable discussing in a second language complex real-world matters, such as the cost of living crisis, Brexit and even the British government’s party scandal.

    His conciliatory views naturally rose above the petty party politics of the MPs on the panel, but what really stood out was his open answer to the obvious question: is he a hypocrite to preach about climate change, given what he does for a living? Of course he’s conflicted by his love of racing and his concern for Earth. He spoke for lots of us.

    There’s an increasing sense in F1 circles that the Aston Martin driver is on the cusp of retirement, given his increasingly underwhelming form. His time in F1 might be nearly up, but he has so much more to offer the wider world beyond the cockpit.

    Good week

    Colton Herta: Andretti Autosport’s young American came from 14th on the Indycar grid to win on the Indianapolis road course in chaotic mixed conditions and score his first victory of the season. Let’s hope F1 beckons for him one day

    Bad week

    Charles LeClerc: Last year, he crashed in qualifying at Monaco and thus failed to start from pole. This year, the Ferrari star made an appearance at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix and crashed an ex-Niki Lauda 1974 312B3 following a brake failure. The local hero can’t catch a brake… sorry, we mean break.

  • This Mahindra Thar customisation is worth Rs 8 lakh [Video]
    26 May 2022

    As a lifestyle vehicle, the new Mahinda Thar has touched new heights by making more people adopt the culture of owning an off-road SUV as their primary vehicle. And that’s not all, most of the Thar owners go the extra mile and customize their Thars to make them look visually more appealing. While some of the customization works are restricted to the installation of new lights and grille, some Thar owners fully modify their vehicles. We have come across a fully-customized Mahindra Thar from the latter category, which is one of the most attention-grabbing versions of the SUV we have ever seen. The details of this fully-customized Mahindra Thar are explained in a video from the YouTube channel of Her Garage.

    The Mahindra Thar here is finished in a custom shade of Beige, which is not available in the stock Thar’s lineup. On the roof, above the front windshield, the Thar here gets after-market white LED auxiliary lights, which feature different glowing patterns. The bonnet is also custom-made here, which is made up of fibre and accommodates black coloured faux air vents with a faux hood scoop in the middle of them.

    A new face as well

    Other noteworthy changes to the front profile include a four-slat custom grille and a custom front bumper with an integrated bull bar, both of which are finished in a textured paint theme of black. While the grille accommodates LED headlamps with configurable LED daytime running lamps in place of halogen headlamps of the stock version, the custom off-road front grille comes integrated with after-market rounded LED fog lamps. The fenders also come with after-market LED dynamic turn indicators. The front bumper has a centrally-placed metal bash plate finished in the same shade of beige as the rest of the vehicle.

    Also read: Buying a pre-owned Mahindra Thar is better than buying a new one: 5 reasons

    The side profile of this customized Mahindra Thar looks butch, and the major credit for this enhanced visual appeal goes to the off-road spec 285/60 R18 tyres from BF Goodrich wrapped over after-market 18-inch black alloy wheels. The rearview mirrors here get faux carbon fibre treatment. The textured scratch-proof black paint done on the front grille and bumper is further carried out on the roof, wheel arch mouldings, side body claddings, A-pillar garnish and 4×4 badges. At the back, this Thar gets gloss-black protectors around the tail lamps which get a smoked effect and Akrapovic exhaust tips.

    The cabin of this customized Mahindra Thar gets a dual-tone black and red treatment. While it retains the original black layout for the cabin, the seats, front centre armrest and door panels get a red-coloured faux leather treatment. The red accents are further carried out on the sides of the centre console, custom grab handles on pillars, and stitching on the steering wheel and foot pedals.

    The cabin also gets faux carbon fibre treatments at various places, such as door panels, steering wheel, co-passenger grab rail, lower centre console and surrounds for the instrument console, transmission lever inside door handles and AC vents. The rear seats of this Thar are customized with side-mounted armrests with storage spaces, 12V charging sockets and cup holders on either side.

    The entire cost of modification of this Mahindra Thar is around Rs 8 lakh, which is a large amount but has transformed this Thar into an altogether different and more aggressive-looking off-road vehicle.

    Also read: 10 DC Design cars & how they look in the REAL world: Maruti Swift to Mahindra XUV500

    The post This Mahindra Thar customisation is worth Rs 8 lakh [Video] first appeared on Cartoq.
  • Alfa Romeo targets Lexus quality levels
    26 May 2022

    Alfa Romeo’s leader says the company is benchmarking Lexus when it comes to the build quality of its new models, led by the Tonale small SUV.

    While a star when it comes to design appeal, dynamics and a certain type of brand cachet, the Italian marque’s products aren’t always regarded as top of the pops in this area.

    “My quality benchmark is Lexus,” said Alfa Romeo CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato at a Tonale launch event, as reported by attending media Automotive News.

    The Japanese luxury brand has a reputation – backed by qualitative market surveys – for top-shelf quality.

    Mr Imparato, formerly head of Alfa’s fellow Stellantis brand Peugeot, appears to be a perfectionist of sorts, given he delayed the Tonale’s launch to make some improvements to the plug-in hybrid.

    In April this year, Alfa Romeo Australia became the latest premium brand to switch to a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.

    All new Alfa Romeo vehicles sold and registered from April 22 will offer the new warranty in place of the old three-year, 150,000km one.

    “We are focused on fully strengthening our customer commitment in Australia and by introducing this competitive ownership proposition, we will ensure our valued customers benefit from added peace-of-mind, not only at the time of purchase, but for many years to come,” said Stellantis’ local aftersales and customer experience director, Stephen Lester.

    Mr Lester was previously managing director of Nissan Australia.

    It’s part of what Alfa Romeo is calling its Head & Heart Promise campaign, with the Italian brand aiming to underscore its vehicles’ reliability in its messaging.

    The Tonale’s role will be to serve as a new entry point to the range, which also comprises the Giulia and Stelvio.

    It’s the starting point for Alfa’s latest five-year plan, which will see the company launch a new model every year to 2026.

    Built at a refurbished Stellantis plant in Naples, Tonale order books open globally in April. It won’t arrive in Australia until the first half of 2023, with a standard hybridised-petrol engine.

  • Maserati MC20 Cielo spyder revealed
    26 May 2022

    Maserati has officially revealed the drop-top version of its stunning MC20 supercar, called the MC20 Cielo.

    The Maserati MC20 Cielo is built on the same body made of carbon-fibre and composite materials as the fixed-roof model, but features an electrically-retractable glass roof.

    This glass roof can open and close in 12 seconds, and has an electrochromic function that allows it to go from transparent to opaque with a push of a button. The BMW iX has a similar function with its fixed panoramic glass sunroof.

    The Maserati MC20 Cielo weighs in at 1540kg, which is 65kg more than its coupe counterpart.

    The Italian automaker claims that despite the slight weight increase, the car still “maintains the dynamic performance and driving pleasure of the coupe version”.

    Under the bonnet is the same mid-mounted 3.0-litre ‘Nettuno’ twin-turbo V6 engine producing 470kW of power and 700Nm of torque. It’s mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission with drive sent to the rear wheels only.

    Maserati claims the MC20 Cielo can do the 0-100km/h sprint in approximately 3.0 seconds, which is 0.1 seconds slower than the coupe model, and has a top speed of more than 320km/h.

    On the outside, the MC20 Cielo retains the butterfly doors of the coupe which open slightly upwards. This makes it easier to get in and out of the cabin.

    Everything else about the MC20 Cielo’s design is very similar to the regular MC20 besides the revised air intakes and hatch that hides the retractable glass roof.

    Because of this hatch you can’t see the mid-mounted engine like you can in the regular coupe version of the MC20.

    A new Acquamarina exterior paint colour is available on the MC20 Cielo as part of the ‘Maserati Fuoriserie’ customisation program, as well as new alloy wheel designs.

    Maserati says there’ll also be carbon fibre wheels available, which apparently saves 30kg compared to the regular MC20 Cielo.

    Inside the design is very much like the MC20 coupe as well. There are two 10.25-inch screens, one a digital instrument cluster and the other a touchscreen infotainment system.

    There are virtually no buttons or toggles on the transmission tunnel besides the new touch-sensitive drive mode selector, two buttons for the gears, the window controls and the infotainment volume control. There’s also a wireless phone charger as well.

    As with the 2023 model year Maserati MC20 coupe, there are new control levers behind the steering wheel, new buttons to turn on the lights, and an Alcantara steering wheel as standard with a blue engine start button on it.

    Another new feature the MC20 Cielo gets as standard is an electrically-adjustable steering system, which is available as an option on the coupe model.

    Similar to the MC20 coupe, the MC20 Cielo gets a 12-speaker Sonus faber premium sound system. It can detect if the roof is open or closed and adapt equalisation and sound levels automatically.

    The Maserati MC20 Cielo offers five drive modes – Wet, GT, Sport, Corse and ESC Off. These can selected through the new touch-sensitive drive mode selector and they adjust the engine boost, pedal sensitivity, active exhaust valves, gear shift setting, suspension and traction control settings.

    The MC20 Cielo has a double-wishbone suspension system with active shock absorbers. All of the suspension components are also made of forged aluminium for optimal weight savings.

    As an option, the MC20 Cielo has a vehicle height variator which makes the MC20 Cielo raise at low speeds for more ground clearance. This system works at speeds of up to 40km/h.

    The Maserati MC20 Cielo will also be available in the PrimaSeries Launch Edition, which will be limited to 60 models worldwide and feature exclusive paint, wheels, badges and interior upholstery.

    At this stage it’s unclear when the Maserati MC20 Cielo is coming to Australia. We’ve reached out to Maserati’s local distributor, and once we hear back we will update this article.

    There’s no word on pricing just yet, but expect the MC20 Cielo to cost more than the MC20 coupe, which kicks off at $438,000 before on-road costs and options.

    As previously detailed, Maserati has confirmed there’s going to be an all-electric version of the MC20 which will be revealed “in the future”.

    Maserati has already pledged to go all-electric by 2030 and is going to have at least one pure electric variant of every model it offers by 2025.

    MORE: Everything Maserati MC20

  • 2023 Alpina B3 revealed, confirmed for Australia
    26 May 2022

    With the recent reveal of the BMW 3 Series’ mid-life update, it was only a matter of time before we saw the updated Alpina B3.

    The Buchloe-based tuning firm has revealed a refreshed B3, along with its diesel D3 S counterpart not sold here.

    The B3 sedan and Touring wagon have been confirmed for Australia, however launch timing has yet to be confirmed. The D3 won’t be coming here.

    Like the 3 Series update, there’s a revised interior with new technology, while outside there are detail changes.

    Alpina has also given the B3 some more oomph courtesy of a new exhaust system and new engine software.

    Its 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine now produces 364kW of power (at 5000-7000rpm) and 730Nm of torque (at 2500-4500rpm).

    That’s up 24kW and 30Nm on the outgoing model, with peak power now available 500rpm lower.

    Those outputs also align it with the recently-revealed B4 Gran Coupe, and in Touring guise it has the same 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.7 seconds.

    The B3 sedan is quicker still with a 3.6-second sprint time.

    All B3 models feature an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission and rear-biased xDrive all-wheel drive, and Alpina claims combined cycle (WLTP) fuel consumption of 10.1L/100km.

    For reference, BMW’s M3 pumps out 353kW of power and 550Nm of torque from its twin-turbo six in standard guise, or 375kW and 650Nm in the Competition. The M3 Competition is quicker than any 3 Series-based Alpina with a 0-100km/h time of 3.5 seconds when equipped with all-wheel drive.

    Cosmetic updates for the B3 include revised headlights, with the LED daytime running lights effectively flipped, along with more angular front and rear bumpers.

    As before, Alpina’s trademark 20-spoke, 20-inch alloy wheels feature on the B3, though 19-inch alloy wheels are also available.

    Quad exhaust outlets remain standard fit, while new options for the colour palette include Melbourne Red, Brooklyn Grey and Skyscraper Grey. There’s also a wide range of Individual paint finishes to choose from.

    Inside, there’s a large curved display which incorporates the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 14.9-inch central touchscreen in one assembly.

    The infotainment system also runs on the latest operating system, BMW OS8.0.

    Alpina touches include a blue and green colour scheme for the digital instrument cluster, an Alpina production plaque by the shifter, and available Lavalina leather upholstery.

    The D3 S continues to be off-limits to Australia, forcing prospective Alpina buyers who love diesels to step up to the X3-based XD3.

    The diesel sedan and wagon use a bi-turbo 3.0-litre inline-six diesel with a 48V mild-hybrid system.

    • D3 S

    It produces 261kW of power and 730Nm of torque, good for a 0-100km/h time of 4.6 seconds (sedan) and 4.8 seconds (Touring).

    Earlier this year, BMW secured the rights to the Alpina brand.

    Although it builds on the base laid down by BMW, Alpina currently does more than just tune its cars. BMW Alpina vehicles have their own VIN, and Alpina is recognised as a manufacturer in Germany.

    The Alpina team will continue to develop, manufacture and sell BMW Alpina vehicles until the end of 2025, with final assembly continuing to take place at the firm’s workshops in Buchloe.

    • XD3
    • B4 Gran Coupe
    • B8 Gran Coupe

    The service, parts, and accessories business for the existing and legacy BMW Alpina vehicle portfolio will continue there in the long term, and there’ll be no change to Alpina’s existing after-sales cooperation.

    BMW says the transition towards electric vehicles and stricter emissions and safety regulations worldwide has resulted in “significantly higher risks for small-series manufacturers”, and Alpina is therefore engaging in a “strategic realignment”.

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  • Subaru WRX 22B reborn: Prodrive brings back the wide-body Impreza
    26 May 2022

    The 22B was inspired by the rally car – now, UK motorsports company Prodrive is bringing its own Impreza coupe to market.

    The most desirable Subaru in history is being recreated to celebrate 25 years since its rally debut.

    Prodrive, the motorsports outfit responsible for the iconic Subaru Impreza World Rally Car, has announced it will build a limited run of 25 two-door models, named the P25.

    The rally car was unveiled in 1997 and famously driven by Colin McRae, and eventually inspired the Subaru Impreza WRX STI 22B – a road-going wide-body coupe with a 2.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine and no stereo.

    Judging by the sketch of the P25, Prodrive’s version will be more closely related to McRae’s vehicle than the 22B, using the wider bolstered guards and larger horizontal bonnet nostrils of the rally car, along with aerodynamic side mirrors.

    The project is also being overseen by David Lapworth, Prodrive’s technical director who was responsible for the original rally car.

    Prodrive says the P25 will be powered by a 2.5-litre turbo flat-four putting out “in excess of” 300kW, powering all four wheels through a six-speed semi-automatic gearbox with paddle shifters.

    While the 22B tipped the scales at just 1245kg thanks to weight-saving measures like a stereo delete, the P25 is expected to be a proper welterweight, thanks to the extensive use of carbon-fibre throughout the vehicle.

    Prodrive hasn’t released details on which Impreza variant underpins the P25, but it’s likely the company has sourced second-hand Impreza WRX STI Type R coupes from Japan, as with the original world rally cars.

    Subaru Impreza WRX STI 22B

    “The original 22B Impreza is considered the most iconic of Subarus and highly sought after,” Prodrive boss David Richards said.

    “We wanted to enhance everything that made that car so special by applying the very latest technology to create our own modern interpretation of a car that’s established a place in motoring history.”

    While there’s no word on price, expect the P25 to be giving second-hand 22Bs a run for their money – with some changing hands for as much as much as $400,000. Suffice to say, if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it.

    Prodrive will reveal the P25 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, with expressions of interest now being invited on the company’s website.

    The post Subaru WRX 22B reborn: Prodrive brings back the wide-body Impreza appeared first on Drive.

  • Volkswagen reaches £193m out of court emissions settlement for England and Wales
    26 May 2022

    The Volkswagen Group and the claimants have today reached an out of court £193m settlement in the Volkswagen NOx Emissions Group Litigation. It involves 91,000 claims brought against Volkswagen Group and dealers in that group action in England & Wales. The claims were brought on behalf of consumers by the law firms Slater and Gordon,...

    This story continues at Volkswagen reaches £193m out of court emissions settlement for England and Wales

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    26 May 2022
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    • Average Endurance Warranty Cost: The the average cost of an Endurance auto warranty is between $70 and $130 per month. You can expect to pay about $100-$150 per month with a $200 down payment unless you own a luxury vehicle. While some providers have lower average costs, it’s hard to beat Endurance’s prices considering the quality coverage.
    • Endurance Warranty Deductible: Endurance offers deductible options of $200, $100, $50, and $0. Generally, lower deductible plans have higher premiums. Endurance doesn’t often advertise $0 deductibles, meaning a zero deductible contract may be difficult to get without haggling.
    Endurance Auto Warranty Prices

    When we reached out for quotes from Endurance, we were quoted $77.35 for 36 months for a 5-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper extended warranty and $95.18 for 36 months for a 5-year/50,000-mile powertrain plus plan. Endurance extended warranty costs are affordable for most drivers.

    • Claims payments: Claims are made directly to the repair shop, so you are only required to pay the deductible. You won’t have to pay up front and wait for reimbursement.
    • Cost: Endurance plans are an average cost when compared to other warranty providers, but vary based on individual factors like mileage or age of vehicle. Endurance customers pay a $100 deductible for auto repairs.
    • 30-day refund period: You have 30 days after purchasing your contract to review the details and decide whether or not you want to keep it. If you decide you don’t want your Endurance warranty, call their customer service line to cancel for a full refund within 30 days.
    • Free quote: Customers can get a free quote on the Endurance website and view a sample contract.

    Endurance Cost Reviews: While Endurance’s prices are average, Endurance has competitive rates when you consider the comprehensive level of coverage you receive. As far as costs and billing are concerned, Endurance’s interest free payments further offsets price discrepancies compared to competitors.

    Is Endurance Warranty Worth It?

    We consider Endurance a great option and recommend them to those seeking reliable and comprehensive coverage. If you’re looking for a contract backed by years in the industry to provide you peace of mind in the event of a mechanical breakdown, consider Endurance. We believe Endurance is a great option for people who seek a transparent claims process and straightforward customer service. Endurance is especially appealing for people with older cars since the company offers coverage for vehicles up to 20 years old.

    Bottom Line: Is Endurance Warranty Worth It?

    One of the biggest features of Endurance Warranty is their coverage options for older vehicles. Depending on the plan, coverage is available for cars up to 20 years old. Additionally, they place a focus on customer satisfaction with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

    FAQ: Endurance Warranty
    How much does Endurance cost per month?

    Based on our research, Endurance warranties generally cost between $80 and $170 per month.

    Methodology

    The Detroit Bureau collects data from every major car warranty provider to formulate rankings of the best warranty companies. Our in-depth rating system takes into account coverage, pricing, transparency, customer satisfaction and ratings from industry experts. Each provider is given a weighted score in five categories, as well as an overall score out of 10.0.

    We recommend auto warranty companies based on these rankings, but we also encourage you to perform your own research and compare quotes to find the best coverage.

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  • World RX: Breaking new ground: Volvo Construction Equipment to help design future World RX circuits
    26 May 2022
    Already unveiled as the FIA World Rallycross Championship’s Official Construction Equipment Supplier, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) will additionally play a leading role in the design and development of future World RX circuits as the series’ Official Track Building Partner. The unique sports business partnership between World RX and Volvo CE continues to break new ground […]
  • Indy 500 start “impossible” to plan for, says Power
    26 May 2022
    Power and his Team Penske-Chevrolet teammates Josef Newgarden and Scott McLaughlin will roll off 11th, 14th and 26th on Sunday, which means all are starting from the middle of their respective rows on the 11-rows-of-three grid.
    Power will have feisty former winner Takuma Sato to his left and Indy 500 rookie Jimmie Johnson to his right, while in the row immediately ahead is another rookie...Keep reading
  • Spanish GP showed Williams is “missing so much” compared to rival cars | RaceFans Round-up
    25 May 2022
    In the round-up: Spanish GP showed Williams is "missing so much" compared to rival cars • Alfa Romeo working hard on reliability after double retirement - Zhou • Ganassi eager to end Indy 500 win drought
  • Monaco Prince confident of new F1 deal
    25 May 2022

    May 25 (GMM) Monaco’s Prince Albert is confident the Principality will retain its iconic Formula 1 street race.

    As F1’s owner Liberty Media expands to exciting new venues including Miami and Las Vegas, it has become clear that even the sport’s most historic races like Monte Carlo are no longer safe.

    “If Monaco was a new circuit coming on to the calendar now and they said ‘You’re going to have the lowest fee and you won’t be able to overtake’, it would never be accepted,” Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said.

    “If you stand still, you’re going backwards, and I think that applies to all aspects of the sport.”

    According to the French sports daily L’Equipe, Prince Albert II of Monaco has acknowledged the need for changes – especially to spice up the on-track show.

    Monaco’s current F1 contract expires after Sunday’s race, with L’Equipe claiming “negotiations are underway for a three or five-year extension”.

    Prince Albert is quoted as saying: “Our history speaks for us.”

    Alfa Romeo team boss Frederic Vasseur said: “For sure Monaco is important for us.

    “We know perfectly well that it’s an historical grand prix. But at the end of the day, it will have to come from them, because they can’t stay old fashioned.

    “And I’m not just thinking about Monaco. It’s a good lesson for all grands prix,” said the Frenchman.

  • Sainz trying to 'copy' Leclerc's driving
    25 May 2022

    May 25 (GMM) Carlos Sainz admits he is “not driving naturally” at the wheel of Ferrari’s championship-contending 2022 car.

    Whilst in Charles Leclerc’s hands the Maranello team’s new car is a pole-setter and race-winner, Spaniard Sainz has notably struggled.

    Former F1 driver Christijan Albers says Sainz was “all over the place” in Barcelona.

    “He isn’t comfortable in his own skin either,” he told De Telegraaf. “When I see him on camera, I don’t see the Sainz from a few years ago.”

    27-year-old Sainz isn’t sure the situation will be different this weekend in Monaco.

    “I always feel fast there,” he told El Mundo Deportivo, “but you need confidence in the car and a balance that you like.

    “Until I get there and see how the car behaves I can’t say what’s going to happen.”

    When asked what the problem is at the wheel of the 2022 Ferrari, Sainz explained: “I’m not driving naturally.

    “It hasn’t been easy. You can probably see from the on-board that I’m struggling a lot to drive this car and understand how to get the most out of it.

    “There has been a combination of misfortunes and mistakes on my part, which doesn’t help, but I think that in the future it will change, suddenly or little by little, but I just need to keep my head down,” he said.

    “That’s it – it is what it is. You can adapt or you adapt the car a little more to your liking. These things take time and knowledge and experience, they take mistakes, they take trial and error.

    “This is the process I’m in now as I try to correct it as soon as possible.”

    Sainz also admitted that while he struggles, teammate Leclerc is in top form.

    “He is driving at a very high level,” he said. “He is doing some super times, very impressive, staying aggressive in his driving style.

    “I can only admire that and in some aspects copy while in others try to put it a little more in my direction to be faster – and that’s it,” added Sainz.

  • Hamilton did not touch Red Bull wing – Mercedes
    25 May 2022

    May 25 (GMM) Mercedes has denied that Lewis Hamilton touched the rear wing of Sergio Perez’s Red Bull after the recent Spanish GP.

    Photos circulated online purporting to show the seven time world champion running has hand along the wing of the drivers’ and constructors’ championship-leading design whilst it sat in parc ferme.

    Video footage of the same incident, however, revealed that the 37-year-old British driver may simply have been brushing past the car as he negotiated a small gap between the rear wing and a fence.

    De Telegraaf newspaper in the Netherlands claims Red Bull asked the FIA to clarify the incident.

    Red Bull declined to comment, but the newspaper said “various sources” believe the energy drink owned company has been in contact with the governing body.

    Last year, world champion Verstappen was fined EUR 50,000 for touching the rear wing of Hamilton’s Mercedes in Brazil.

    Mercedes argues that the still images of the Barcelona incident are deceptive.

    “Lewis walked back to the paddock after his anti-doping test and did not touch any cars,” a spokesman for the German team insisted.

  • Tsunoda admits to ditching 'lazy lifestyle'
    25 May 2022

    May 25 (GMM) Yuki Tsunoda says he is making progress in Formula 1 after ditching his earlier “lazy lifestyle”.

    Last year, when the diminutive Japanese’s F1 debut started well but quickly descended into an erratic sequence of incidents, team owner Red Bull ordered Tsunoda to relocate from the UK to be closer to Alpha Tauri in Italy.

    The 22-year-old says it was a good idea.

    “It’s not just a story – it’s true,” he told Servus TV.

    “It wasn’t good when I lived in England,” Tsunoda admitted. “I got up, played on the Playstation and then ordered something to eat. I played Playstation again and then ordered something to eat again.

    “Of course we also had training, but it was a somewhat lazy lifestyle. Then Franz Tost persuaded me to move closer to the team in Italy.

    “That made me better in many things.”

    Tsunoda said his early phase in Formula 1 was a steep learning curve that he didn’t expect would be so difficult.

    “The big thing in the learning curve was expectations,” he explained.

    “I got into Formula 1 quickly and scored points straight away. I figured it’s all easy. Then I also had crashes, which was also why the performance suffered after that.

    “I looked around at Max (Verstappen) and Pierre (Gasly). I tried to copy things that they did.

    “Pierre helped me a lot, like how he told me how he slowly approaches the car over a weekend.

    “Before, I had always tried to immediately go for the perfect lap. So I changed that. Alex Albon is also a great teacher.

    “I’m in control now and I know how to approach the race and the whole weekend,” Tsunoda insisted.

  • Second round of New Zealands North Island Endurance Series from Taupo
    25 May 2022

     


    This weekend also sees the running of the second round of New Zealand’s North Island Endurance Series from the Taupo International Motorsport Park.

    Again featuring the Race Lab prepared bright yellow former Tony Quinn Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3 of Pro-Am driver pairing of John Penny and Ronan Murphy, the #91 crew will be hoping that their P3 Qualifying and P5 result after their debur race with the car at round one of the series from Pukekohe earlier this month will give them a better footing ahead of this weekend’s three-hour race.


    Featuring another diverse entry of twelve cars into this round, this pairing will again have to overcome driver pairings that feature big names from the antipodean GT racing arena like Jonny Reid, Greg Murphy and Chris Van der Drift.
    Photo credits – N Bailey  / Team
  • '500 on (The Indy) 500' highlights the unfamiliar regarding "The Greatest Race in the World"
    25 May 2022

    If you’ve been to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum in recent years and decided to take the “Kiss the Bricks” tour, there’s a good chance it may have been guided by the author of this enjoyable new book, Rick Shaffer. In fact, that is where I met him just a few months ago.

    I was near the Speedway for a meeting, and could not pass up an opportunity to stop by and spend a few hours sauntering around the museum. (Side note: a “few hours” there is not nearly enough – I wish I had planned a full day at least.) I was getting ready to leave and Rick noticed my Vintage Motorsport shirt and sparked up a conversation. Within minutes I was asking him to show me a copy of his latest book.

    Shaffer’s passion runs as deep as it gets for the Speedway and the annual 500-miler on Memorial Day weekend. He is also a senior contributor to Vintage Motorsport and has penned a number of wonderful stories throughout the years, notably the award-winning “Red Flag!” feature in the May/June 2014 issue along with “Doing the Double” (Jan/Feb 2016), “Say Goodbye to Goggles” (Mar/Apr 2019), and many more.

    When his new book arrived in time for the month of May, I was more than a little excited.

    Home on May 1, I cracked open the book and started exploring; jumping around in time, picking a few of my favorite eras. Then I got serious and went through them all starting at the beginning. I even read a few to my daughter as ‘bedtime stories’ (which ended quickly when the questions started: “Mario… like the Nintendo guy?” or “Dad, what’s a Turbine?”, and more).

    I am always interested in behind-the-scenes or little-known stories, and this book hits the bullseye for me. I also really enjoy how it “reads.” I can sit down and go through the entries one by one, or I can snack on a few here and there. That’s what I plan to do every May going forward… pick it up and turn to a few random pages – and hopefully I will find the time to educate my daughter about Mr. Andretti and the intricacies of bolting a Pratt & Whitney helicopter turbine engine into a race car.

    The book available for $39.95 plus $6 shipping and can be found HERE from the publisher, Coastal 181.

  • Forging Ahead, Chapter 7: Upshift
    25 May 2022

    As we continue to celebrate the 30th anniversary of RACER magazine and the 25th anniversary of RACER.com, please indulge me as I share Chapter 7 in RACER’s unlikely origin story and pre-history with a focus on the epic year of 1977, when American racers took on the world – and won.

    In 1977, I was already five years into my 50-year career journey in the racing media business. In hindsight, it is now clear that I was originally more motivated by my burning desire to race more than my enduring media ambitions.

    From the beginning, I have been fortunate to be surrounded by some of the best and the brightest — both in media and in racing. So, I have zero excuses for failing to achieve total world domination in either field.

    Clearly, I could have been Formula 1 world champion, or perhaps Indy’s first five-time winner, if not for the absence of a deep trust fund or my chronic deficiencies in judgement and discipline.

    Certainly my once-in-a-generation-talent (for aggrandizing my racing exploits), is something I should be proud of and take comfort in. But, I prefer instead to blame my friend and mentor Mike Hull for failing to shape me into the next Scott Dixon before the actual Scott Dixon was born.

    However, I am grateful to Mike for setting me up with a ride in the Mexican Formula Ford series where I promptly earned my lifelong nickname, ‘Raoule Piffanner’ — which gave new meaning to my racing career going south.  OK, I’m admittedly slow to get a clue, but 45 years later it has finally occurred to me that Mike may have been giving me a subtle early hint that I should focus on the media business at the same moment he was beginning to focus on race team management.

    Mike Hull, future Chip Ganassi Racing Managing Director, was a Formula Ford racer and mentor to Paul Pfanner from the beginning of his racing journey. Image by Steve Schnabel

    Beyond helping you understand how delusional this author is, I do hope you appreciate that my long journey to now was inspired by racers.

    For me, remarkable people like Jim Clark, Dan Gurney, Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Emerson Fittipaldi, Skip Barber, Niki Lauda, James Hunt, Gilles VIlleneuve, Bobby Rahal, David Loring, Janet Guthrie, Rick Mears, Danny Ongais, Willy T. Ribbs, Ayrton Senna and Jeff Krosnoff represent the essence of the uncommon talent, self-belief, courage and commitment required to make impossible dreams possible.

    By doing so, all these great racers helped me find the courage and commitment to launch RACER in 1992 with my friend and co-conspirator Jeff Zwart along with my teammate and founding publisher, Bill Sparks.

    Although I failed to make my mark as a racing driver, I was fortunate to know and work with some of the best in the business. So, I have no regrets about dedicating my life to sharing the inspiring stories of racers in the magazines and websites we publish.

    I’m also very fortunate to work with the current RACER team led by our Editor-in-Chief Laurence Foster and RACER.com Editor Mark Glendenning. For me, every issue of RACER is a dream come true and every morning my racing passion is reignited by the terrific content created by brilliant people with a deep passion for racing and racers.

    For the record, the 30th Anniversary issue of RACER is the 316th we’ve published for you. We never forget that you are the reason we do what we do.

    Also for the record, I must point out that in my first five Formula Ford races, I scored three top 10 finishes and 2 DNFs but I did lead a race for 0.7 seconds… before crashing.

    Paul Pfanner in the Titan Mk-6A Formula Ford he rented for $500 in the fall of 1977 to race in Mexico City. Image by Paul Webb

    In retrospect, that was nothing compared to the uncomfortable debrief with team manager Mike Hull that followed that race. This unfortunate encounter forever damaged my world-class excuse-making skills.

    Speaking of damage, I’m still paying for the crash damage from my Formula Ford misadventures so could you help me out by subscribing to RACER.

    Tell them Raoule sent you.

    Watch Forging Ahead, Chapter 7 below, or click here.

    Catch up on previous episodes below.

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